Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson are deadlocked in a tie atop the Sprint Cup Series standings with just three races to go.  The Granite Stripe previews which driver has the upper hand going into the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.  The race goes green Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN.

LISTEN to the Granite Stripe (2013, Ep. 36): Deadlocked Headed to Texas

Jonathan and Gavin discuss the tie atop the standings between Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth as the NSCS leaves Martinsville and heads to Texas.

SET your fantasy lineup with the preview: Deadlocked for Texas

The AAA Texas 500 likely won't decide a whole lot either, as the two drivers are 1-2 in career average finishes at the track among active drivers.  There's a strong possibility that one of the two takes the points lead via a race win, but it's also likely that the other driver stays within striking distance, thanks to an impressive runner-up finish.

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1. Matt Kenseth - To say that Sunday's performance was impressive is certainly an understatement. Coming into this season, Kenseth had led a total of 73 laps in 26 career starts at Martinsville. He led 96 in April and another 202 on Sunday. And, he finished ahead of Jimmie Johnson, who has led 2,450 laps in 24 starts at the half-mile oval.

LEARN why the No. 20 can with the championship with The Consistency of Kenseth

NASCAR champions don't have bad days, especially not in the Chase.  The championship formula set forth by a certain five-time winner doesn't allow for that.